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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

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Rank #1: A Productive Conversation with Thomas Frank

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I'm excited to welcome Thomas Frank to this episode of the podcast. Thomas is an author, YouTuber, musician, and podcaster who is passionate about helping people become more capable and productive.
This episode is brought to you by Bambee. When running a business, Human Resources issues can kill you. There's so much to wrap your head around and hiring an HR Manager is going to cost you  - they command an average of seventy-thousand dollars a year! That's where Bambee comes in. Created specifically for small business, Bambee provides you with a dedicated HR Manager that can craft your HR policy, and maintain your compliance, all for just one low monthly fee. You don't need to deal with HR issues - let Bambee do that for you. Go to bambee.com/timecrafting now to schedule your FREE HR audit. You'll be glad you did.
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This episode is brought to you by the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Established in 1962, UCI offers education for adult learners in Orange County. But thanks to technology, their courses and certification programs in various fields are now available worldwide and online for just about anyone who's interested. You can get 15% off of one (1) course by visiting http://ce.uci.edu/productivityist then enter the promo code timecrafting. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer as it is only valid until July 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm. (Please note that this discount is for almost all of the certificate programs. The exceptions only include coding boot camps, international programs, teacher credentialing programs, and test prep courses.)
Thomas does most of his work at College Info Geek, one of the world’s largest and best-loved resources for students. College Info Geek includes a blog, podcast, and a YouTube channel with over 1.7 million subscribers.

I've been looking forward to releasing this episode for a long time. As a matter of fact, it's bizarre that I haven't had Thomas on the show until now. (That's probably why this episode clocks in as my longest to date, both in terms of length and amount of links in the show notes.)

There's so much we talk about during this episode – as you can see and soon will hear. I hope you enjoy this lengthy and deep discussion that I'm thrilled to send your way.

Talking Points
  • When did Thomas decide that video was the route he was going to take? (2:56)
  • Thomas talks about his inspiration to "do video" a little differently (7:46)
  • When Thomas researches these videos, what does that look like? (11:27)
  • Thomas shares how many videos he has in the making process at once (13:34)
  • This is what his framework looks like (29:52)
  • What does a typical day look like for Thomas? (39:15)
  • Who inspires Thomas to make films? (49:32)
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"If you're the kind of person who's only ever reading productivity books and reading self help books you're getting a pretty narrow world view." - Thomas Frank
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Podcast Theme Song: Nothing at All by Fictions (courtesy of Epidemic Sound)

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Apr 22 2020

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Rank #2: A Hard Habit App to Break

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Mike talks about the benefits of using habit tracking apps, as well as what can happen if you dive too deep into them.
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Want to send Mike an app, book, or something similar to discuss on the show? Email him at podcast@productivityist.com and he'll give it a look. Want to listen on Stitcher? Click here.

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Sep 09 2014

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Rank #3: Controlling the Clutter with Claire Tompkins

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This episode's guest is Claire Tompkins (a.k.a. the Clutter Coach). Claire works with clients to organize and declutter their homes and offices, to manage their time and get things done better. She works with artists, writers, entrepreneurs and more as a professional organizer by creating simple, practical systems for real people.

If you’ve been following the podcast and my other work, you’d know how big a fan of simple I am. That's something that Claire also promotes. Claire and I chatted on this episode about clutter - from physical to digital, workflows, apps, clients, books, and influencers.

Some of the specific areas we’ve discussed are:

  • Her perception of what clutter is – from the physical ones occupying
    our spaces, those hidden behind drawers and cupboards, up to the ones
    that occupy our minds and our devices (1:29).
  • An epiphany that motivated her to start decluttering her (4:05).
  • How she starts the process of decluttering, and dealing with clients
    who identify and define clutter very differently (5:18).
  • One of the methods she uses in task management which is to make your
    tasks into a card game (6:33).
  • Books she is interested in that deals with resistance (8:00),
    willpower (9:09), habit-creation (11:16), and procrastination
    (21:15).
  • The process of working with her clients by identifying pain points
    and urgency, sorting clutter and items, and dealing with resistance
    and the return of clutter (15:19).
  • Getting people to step back and recognize the need to re-organize and
    declutter, and a very interesting story of how one client did not
    recognize their own living space immediately after taking a photo of
    it (23:00).
  • Her preference for paper to-do lists, and the influencers that have
    inspired her to fit her to do list to the larger context of how she
    intends her life to be (25:40).
  • How she observes her clients’ productivity and organization
    techniques, asking them the logic behind their habits and practices,
    to help them personalize their workflow to create a sense of
    ownership and accountability (29:10).
  • The reason for her shift from productivity to zero in on clutter
    (31:54), the lack of women working on productivity and why she thinks
    it is such (33:00).
  • We also discussed how we want to introduce workflows so it becomes
    easier for people to absorb (35:22), the problems we’ve experienced
    with systems and clients (39:45), and the integration of online and
    offline task managements (43:46).

Relevant links to today’s episode are found below:

That was a great conversation that Claire and I had. Thinking of decluttering or doing a complete overhaul of your productivity systems? I’d love to hear about it so leave them on the comments on the blog post for this episode. I also want to hear your feedback and recommendations so we can make improve the shows further.

If you’re not yet subscribed to the The Productivityist Podcast at Patreon, I suggest you do that now so you get to access exclusive content, freebies, and first dibs on the weekly episodes. You can also show your support by leaving the podcast a rating and review on iTunes or whatever platform you're listening to.

Thank you for joining me today and until next time! remember to stop guessing and start going

Feb 20 2017

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Rank #4: How to Build Yourself More Time with Jaime Masters

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I'm excited to welcome Jaime Masters as a guest on his episode of the podcast. Jaime is the host of Eventual Millionaire. She’s interviewed almost 500 self made millionaires and billionaires. She’s been a business coaching for over 10 years and has taught six and seven figure CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners how to double and triple their revenue. She has been featured in Yahoo Online, Inc.com, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur, Women's Health Magazine, Business Insider, and more.

This episode is brought to you by Blinkist. It’s hard to find the time to sit down to read and learn more. When you don’t have free time, you can’t read or work on personal development. Blinkist is an incredible app that solves this problem and I highly recommend it. I've been a satisfied customer for years and I'd love for you to join me. Head to https://www.blinkist.com/timecrafting and start your 7 day free trial today AND get 25% off a new subscription!
This episode is sponsored by MeetEdgar. I've been using MeetEdgar to help me pay greater attention to what I share on social media, when I share it, and how I share it. One element of my work that is going to be impacted by using MeetEdgar is that I can give greater attention to areas of my work outside of social media - like the book I'm working on - because MeetEdgar will take care of my social media needs. If you want to give MeetEdgar a try, visit meetedgar.com/timecrafting and use the code timecrafting to receive an extended 60-day free trial!
I've been friends with Jaime for years and have had the pleasure of hanging out with her at events in cities all over the world. She loves business and all things geeky. She’s the mother of two amazing kids that are already making money in business as stilt walkers and contortionists. (I need to get my two kids on this whole "making money" thing!)

I wanted to talk to Jaime about her latest venture: Ownerbox. It's Jaime’s new brand that delivers business owners the dream they signed up for when they started their business. We talked about what her plan is for Ownerbox, why systems are important, and much more she does to help people build themselves more time.

Talking Points
  • What is Ownerbox? (1:32)
  • Why Ownerbox was created (2:08)
  • Why the "CEObox" and the "Ownerbox" are NOT the same (3:14)
  • Jaime tells The Story of Joey (5:33)
  • We discuss the idea of patience and how it translates into Jaime's latest venture (8:04)
  • What Jaime's intent was when she started her Eventual Millionaire brand (9:54)
  • Why Jaime thinks systemizing is important to success (14:46)
  • The discussion Jaime had with her kids when she told them that she was going to have someone else other than herself pick them up every once in a while (17:44)
  • Why Ownerbox helps owners "pick their spots" when it comes to where they spend their time and energy (19:50)
  • This is what Jaime recommends you do that will help you build yourself more time (22:33)
"Knowing that systems work better is one thing. Doing them is totally another." - Jaime Masters
Helpful LinksJaime knows how to help business owners feel like they own their businesses instead of the other way around. That's why it's no wonder that she created Ownerbox; it's a vehicle to help her do that. The big lesson here is that putting a system in place is not only a smart move – it's the only move you can make if you want to run a successful business (and, really... a successful life). It reminds me of something that I've said time and time again: Frameworks foster freedom.

If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking here.

Oct 02 2019

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Rank #5: Deep Work with Cal Newport

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To ring in 2016, Mike speaks with his friend and the author of the forthcoming book "Deep Work", Cal Newport. They talk about the difference between deep and shallow work, why focusing on doing more deep work may not be for everyone, and how you can start to create more time to do deep work.

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Thanks to Transpose for sponsoring this week's episode of the show – and thanks to you for listening!

Jan 01 2016

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Rank #6: Order and Organization with Rashelle Isip

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On this episode of the podcast Mike is joined by Rashelle Isip of The Order Expert. Rashelle is a consultant, author, and founder of TheOrderExpert.com, a blog featuring organization, time management and productivity tips, ideas and inspiration to help people lead more balanced lives. She is author of “The Order Expert’s Guide to Time Management” and “How to Plan a Great Event in 60 Days.”

They talk about a wide variety of topics relating to order and productivity, including the importance of saying no, the idea of journaling, simple ways you can stay on track, and more.

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Thanks for listening and enjoy the show!

Aug 01 2016

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Rank #7: Getting Things Done with David Allen

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In this episode Mike Vardy talks with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. They discuss the pull of email, how to wrap your head around working by context, and what's different in the 2015 edition of Getting Things Done.

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Want to send us an app, book, or something similar to discuss on the show? Email us at info@productivityist.com and we'll give it a look. Want to listen on Stitcher? Click here.

Support The Productivityist Podcast by becoming a patron! Click here to visit The Productivityist Podcast's Patreon page and see what perks await those who pitch in a buck or more.

Mar 17 2015

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Rank #8: The Art of Taking Action with Gregg Krech

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On this episode of the podcast, I welcome Gregg Krech to the program. Gregg is one of the leading experts on Japanese Psychology in the U.S. He is the author of 5 books including The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology, which has become an Amazon best seller and offer practical strategies for integrating ideas from Eastern philosophy with contemporary Western living.

Gregg and I spend time discussing how he got into Japanese psychology, why Eastern ways are appealing to Western cultures, perfectionism and being obsessed with the unfinished, and even look deeper into Kaizen. I had an incredible time chatting with Gregg and I trust you'll find this to be a rather compelling conversation.

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Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy the show!

Oct 11 2017

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Rank #9: How to Win the Day with Kris Ward

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On this episode I speak with Kris Ward. Kris is the director of a marketing and branding company and it was through her work there that she learned a great deal about productivity versus being busy. Her work with other small business professionals lead to the creation of Win The Hour Win The Day.

This episode is brought to you by the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. Established in 1962, UCI offers education for adult learners in Orange County. But thanks to technology, their courses and certification programs in various fields are now available worldwide and online for just about anyone who's interested. You can get 15% off of one (1) course by visiting http://ce.uci.edu/productivityist then enter the promo code timecrafting. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer as it is only valid until December 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
This episode is also brought to you by my new online course, 30 Days of TimeCrafting. In this program you'll learn all of the basics of the productivity methods I use in my TimeCrafting process that help me define my day, filter my focus, and make every moment matter... for just $5. To learn more about this program, visit productivityist.com/fivedollars.
This episode is also brought to you by my newly-revitalized YouTube channel, otherwise known as TimeCraftingTV. If you like this podcast but want to hear more tactics, tips, and tricks from yours truly then I encourage you to subscribe to my YouTube channel to catch new videos every single week. From how-to videos to creative short films to learning apps and tools through two week experimentations, I'm delivering the goods on video more than ever before. So check out my YouTube channel today!
Kris Ward helps entrepreneurs grow their business so they can get more work done faster and focus on what's really important in life - and we touch on that throughout our conversation. We discuss the aspects of what she calls the "Freedom Formula" and a slew of other productivity-related topics. There's a lot to absorb in this episode and I'm glad that us two Canadians finally had a chance to connect in podcast form.

Talking Points
  • What does productivity mean to Kris? (2:10)
  • Kris has had several moments that have incited change in Kris's life. Here's one of them. (3:10)
  • Here's another one of those moments - a very different moment at that. (4:46)
  • Why winning the hour is vital to winning the day (7:33)
  • We dive deeper into the idea of the calendar being your "time bank account" (10:10)
  • This is how Kris likes to work (10:59)
  • The biases that rear their ugly heads when we try to take on some of what Kris speaks of show up. Here's how Kris helps people deal with that. (13:41)
  • Kris starts to break down the "Freedom Formula" in greater detail (22:36)
  • Kris understands the resistance towards building systems (27:07)
  • We start talking about tools (31:55)
  • Is Kris more of a morning person or a night owl? And how can she help people listen to their body clocks with her work? (35:00)
  • Kris believes this is something that we don't talk about enough that affects our productivity (37:00)
  • This is one thing that you can do now to start winning the hour and - as a result - win the day (38:17)
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"A business is not run on memory." - Kris Ward
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It's always a pleasure to speak with fellow time management experts. I've been following Kris on Instagram for a while now and there's a lot of crossover in our work. I trust that you've heard that through our conversation on this episode. I think we brought a lot to the table and hope that you've garnered some solid takeaways from our discussion.

If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking here.

Dec 04 2019

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Rank #10: Overcoming Overwhelm with Dr. Samantha Brody

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On this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Dr. Samantha Brody. Dr. Samantha is a licensed naturopathic physician and acupuncturist, and the founder of Evergreen Natural Health Center in Portland, Oregon. For decades in her private practice and virtual consulting business Dr. Samantha has helped thousands of people transform their lives with her innovative, personalized approach. She is the author of Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out.

Join me at my first-ever live event on Saturday February 29th! I'm holding a BIG event in Vancouver, BC, Canada on the extra day we have in 2020 to help you craft your time bigger and better moving forward. This event will feature actionable workshops, special guests, and a chance for you to spend intentional time and attention with others who want to stop "doing" productive and start being productive. It's going to be a lot of fun... and I hope you'll join us! Visit productivtiyist.com/ready to learn more. Early bird tickets are going on sale soon so visit that link to be one of the first to grab your tickets when they are released!
This episode is brought to you by my new online course, 30 Days of TimeCrafting. In this program you'll learn all of the basics of the productivity methods I use in my TimeCrafting process that help me define my day, filter my focus, and make every moment matter... for just $5. To learn more about this program, visit productivityist.com/fivedollars.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Samantha when we both spoke at Marc and Angel Chernoff's event Think Better, Live Better. After seeing her speak, I found that there was plenty of alignment with our work and asked her to come on the show. During this conversation we talk about her book, what she means by overwhelm, the steps she believes can help you overcome overwhelm, and the idea of resolutions. There is a lot that we cover in our discussion and I'm pleased to be able to finally bring it to you after many months of trying to make it happen. Enjoy!

Talking Points
  • This is how Dr. Samantha looks at overwhelm (3:29)
  • Does Dr. Samantha believe in New Year's Resolutions? (6:06)
  • We start to dig into the steps Dr. Samantha reveals in her book (6:48)
  • This the first step (7:42)
  • Dr. Samantha shares her current values... along with the second step (9:28)
  • How can someone stay on target with their values and the other elements Dr. Samantha shares in her work? (15:55)
  • The third step is revealed...(18:30)
  • I share a fitting story with Dr. Samantha about an obstacle that turned out to be a source of overwhelm (21:40)
  • Dr. Samantha offers feedback after hearing the story of my stressor (23:36)
  • What is "beauty way?"(25:35)
  • Does Dr. Samantha journal? Does she believe the practice is helpful? (27:52)
  • If someone was to start using what's found in Dr. Samantha's book, what's the simplest first step to take? (29:45)
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"Life throws curveballs at you. That's just... life." - Dr. Samantha Brody
Helpful LinksThis episode has been in the works for some time and I'm glad I was able to deliver it to you at the start of a new calendar year – and a new decade. While resolutions can be a bit of a trap at this time of year, Dr. Samantha offers alternatives... sound strategies that won't just help you in the year that's just begun. They will help you for many years to come.

If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking here.

Jan 01 2020

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Rank #11: The Evolution of Getting Things Done with David Allen

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David Allen joins me on this episode of the podcast to dive deeper into the Getting Things Done methodology. The meat of our conversation gets into how it has evolved over the years since it first was introduced in 2001.

There's a bit of noise at parts during our discussion, but even still this episode is a winner. Some of the highlights of this episode include:
  • How much of a role he had in writing the new book, Getting Things Done for Teens
  • Why he believes teens need GTD more now than ever before
  • A discussion about the reframing of GTD that needed to happen when adapting the methodology for teens
  • How he has changed his approach when teaching GTD over the years
  • David reveals his thoughts on the most challenging aspect of GTD (Hint: It hasn't changed since the introduction of GTD)
  • A conversation surrounding the renaissance of analog tools and his thoughts on why they've made a comeback
Here are some of the relevant links we discussed:It's always a treat to get to chat with the creator of GTD. I had a great time speaking with David and I hope you have a great time listening.

Jul 04 2018

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Rank #12: Why You Need Atomic Habits with James Clear

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This episode is brought to you by Gusto. Gusto is a payroll provider that you might fall in love with. It does everything you need from automatically filing and paying your taxes to organizing employee documents. It is easy to use – you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern, and you can get three months free when you run your first payroll by visiting gusto.com/timecrafting.

On this episode, James and I had a really productive discussion on a range of topics from the journey of putting the book together, how alarm clocks fail me (or I fail alarm clocks), turning off the internet router at 10 PM to keeping the beer at the back of the fridge and Crossfit.

Here are a few highlights of our conversation:
  • Designing and Defining Atomic Habits: Two main lenses to look the book through (02:08)
  • The two-minute rule in scaling down a habit and actually making it stick (05:09)
  • Importance of slowing down and awareness for effective behavioral change (08:11)
  • Having a variety of small things organized toward the same goal (11:53)
  • Solutions for setting up efficient timing (17:02)
  • Strategies for building good seasonal habits (21:29)
  • Tools to make habits stick and break through biases (28:58)
  • The three reasons/meanings behind the use of the term “atomic” (32:42)
  • Creating a journal that makes it easier to build habits that is useful but not fixed (37:24)

“Many of our behaviors are socially reinforced… When the social reinforcement is so strong, we overcome the obstacles in our environment. The key insight there is you want to join a tribe, a group where your desired behavior is the normal behavior. Because if it's normal in that group, then it's going to seem attractive to you to do it even if it's not convenient.” ~ James Clear

Relevant Links I learned a lot from reading Atomic Habits and through my conversations with James and I’m sure you will too. And make sure to catch the next episode where I have Joey Cofone as my guest for a back-to-back habit tracking and intentionality goodness. 

If you do get valuable insights out of our discussion, you may leave us a rating and review for this episode in Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. I also encourage you to subscribe to the podcast so that you don't miss a single weekly episode. You can do that by visiting the podcast subscription page on Transistor.fm.

Thanks for your time. See you later.

Jan 23 2019

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Rank #13: What Happy Successful People Do Differently with Marc and Angel Chernoff

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On today’s episode, I spent time again with Marc and Angel Chernoff. Marc and Angel Chernoff are New York Times bestselling authors, professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.” Through their blog, books, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love, and peace.
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This episode is also brought to you by Front. Founded in 2013, if you are ready to transform your team’s productivity with efficient email, you’ve got to give Front a try for only $9/month. Front is reinventing the inbox so people can accomplish more together. With new workflows, efficient collaboration, and all their communication channels in one place, more than 5,000 businesses rely on their Front inbox to be more productive as a team. Visit https://www.frontapp.com/timecrafting to start your free trial today!
Millions of readers turn to Marc and Angel Chernoff as they wrote 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently for fresh, intimate insights for a fulfilled life. In this pithy and empowering guide, they collect the very best advice they've discovered, on topics that include overcoming setbacks, letting go of what's holding us back, nurturing relationships, finding time for self-care, and cultivating passion in order to achieve our wildest dreams. 
Specifics that we covered on the show include:
  • On their new book: 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently (3:10)
  • On the idea of the list in the book (11:15)
  • Revisiting the content of the book and choosing which applies to them now (13:30)
  • On writing the book as new parents (16:55)
  • The writer vs. the reader perspective (18:51)
  • On the process of editing the book (21:20)
  • The idea of the “little things” (26:53)
  • On the adding triggers to the “to-do list” (33:02)
"Keep doing what you are doing and you will keep getting what you are getting. That is how it works! You have to make a shift. You have to make changes. And the changes need to be small and consistent." ~ Marc and Angel Chernoff
Relevant Links:This episode teaches us that millions of people live their entire lives on default settings, never realizing they can customize everything and we should not be one of those millions of people. We should not settle for the default settings in life.
I appreciate the time you spend listening to the show. If you enjoyed this, make sure to never miss an episode by subscribing. Also, take a moment to give the podcast a rating and review on whatever platform use to listen to podcasts.
Thanks for listening and for your support. See you later.

May 22 2019

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Rank #14: Building The Best Planner Ever with Jennifer Dawn

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I welcome Jennifer Dawn, creator of the Best Planner Ever, to the podcast this time around. Jennifer is a serial entrepreneur who has grown two multi-million dollar businesses and serves high-achieving entrepreneurs through private business coaching helping to take their companies further, faster.

Since I've got a "mild" obsession with paper planners I wanted to talk with Jennifer about what went into building the Best Planner Ever. We discuss how it got its name, the elements that are unique to the planner, and why she thinks it's important to bring what's important to you into the planner that you use and how you can do that.

Relevant LinksJennifer and I could have kept going for much longer but there'll (hopefully) be another time for that. Right now it's time for you to check out her planner (linked above) and check out The Productivityist Playbook as well. You can get The Productivityist Podcast at a discounted price by clicking here.

Thanks again for joining me on The Productivityist Podcast. Until next time, remember to define your day, filter your focus, and make every moment matter. See you later.

Nov 21 2018

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Rank #15: The Perfect Day with Craig Ballantyne

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This episode Mike is joined by Craig Ballantyne of Early to Rise. Craig is the creator of The Perfect Day Formula and during our discussion they chat about Craig's thoughts on Stoicism, how the mind is the real gateway (or barrier) to establishing better days, how Craig handles email, and the rule Craig crafted that has been shared all over the web (and received its share of praise and criticism in the process).

They also talk about rules Craig lives by, the power of a "not to do" list, and engage in a lively discussion about early rising versus being a night owl.

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Thanks again for listening. Until next time remember to stop guessing...and start going!

Sep 12 2016

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Rank #16: The Daily Decision with Brian Dixon

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On this episode I'm joined by Brian Dixon, the author of Start with Your People: The Daily Decision that Changes Everything. As a podcaster, conference speaker, and business coach, Brian is passionate about helping high potential leaders and teams thrive in a world of overwhelming options.

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Some of the things we discuss during our conversation include what people can do to make sure they are starting on the right foot with others, why putting people first plays a role in your productivity, and the things you can do so that you an start with people first.

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  • Brian speaks about the idea of "deciding" and the concept of the daily decision (2:22)
  • The nuanced approach to creating harmony between the needs of your people and your own needs (5:23)
  • This is The One Hour Exchange... and how you make it happen in a way that works for you (7:24)
  • What steps should someone take if they want to start off on the right foot when "starting with their people" (10:24)
  • Brian loves personality tests. Here are the four he likes the best. (23:31)
  • Brian challenges you to pick one day to do this (33:26)
  • What does it mean to adopt a mentality of abundance? (38:40)
  • I learned this about Mr. Rogers (41:43)
  • What can you do to start starting with people today? (42:52)
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"The pebble rarely sees the ripple...my job is to make an impact on the people in my life and I will never necessarily know the impact that they make as a result of me impacting them. But I can hold my head up high or put my head on the pillow at night and say 'job well done.'" - Brian Dixon
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I like this particular take on "people-powered productivity." Why? Because it's personal. Brian's got some great ideas throughout the pages of his book and he shared quite a few during our conversation. I hope you get a lot out of it. I know that I did.

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Nov 13 2019

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Rank #18: Better Email Habits with Andy Mitchell

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In this episode Mike speaks with the founder of ActiveInbox, Andy Mitchell. They talk about email and how you can (if you want) use it to manage your tasks. It's not something Mike does (or advocates) but for those of you who want to hear why you may want to give this a go...then this episode is for you.

They also talk about the "snoozing" feature that some email apps have, the shifting from app to app and how it can affect productivity, and the different roles people have and how that can impact how productive they can be.

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Thanks for listening!

Jan 18 2016

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Rank #19: Finding Focus with Shawn Blanc

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On this episode of the podcast I speak with my good friend, productivity expert, and creator of The Focus Course, Shawn Blanc.

We dive into the idea of getting out of our own way, as well as discuss our takeaways from Jeff Goins’s Tribe Conference and why showing up every day matters so much.

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As always, I had a great time chatting with Shawn. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Thanks for listening!

Sep 25 2017

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Rank #20: The Procrastination Conversation with Dr. Tim Pychyl

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In this episode, Mike has a candid conversation with Dr. Tim Pychyl about procrastination, strategic delaying, and what can get in the way of our productivity no matter what technology or approach we use.

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Dec 17 2014

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